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Corby man jailed for killing dog in bath tub

A man who drowned his dog in a bath and buried it in a shallow grave has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Robert Oram, 25, from Reigate Walk, Corby, packed the dog's body into plastic bags before disposing of it.

Magistrates in Corby said a custodial sentence was the "only option".

Outside court, RSPCA inspector Clint Davies criticised the sentence, adding there needed to be "a stronger message that people can't treat animals like that".

Sentencing Oram, magistrate Russell Watson said: "This was an intentional act. You caused suffering to the animal.

"The only option is custody."

'Regrets actions'

In addition to jailing Oram, he also banned him from keeping animals for 10 years.

Speaking after the case, Mr Davies said: "I would like to have seen a longer sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping animals."

The court heard Oram, who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the five-year-old animal, named Tyson, "regretted" his actions.

Oram initially denied drowning the dog when an RSPCA inspector visited his home on 3 February.

He claimed he had given the dog, which he had owned for nine months, to a friend but later that day admitted drowning it on 1 February. He had dumped the pet in Kingswood, in Northampton.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates were told Oram had considered putting the dog down but was concerned about the cost as he was in receipt of benefits.

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